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Exercise Tips After Patients Undergo Gastric Sleeve Surgery

By Fernando Garcia on March 30, 2014

Exercise After Patients Undergo Gastric Sleeve SurgeryWeight loss surgery is a major lifestyle change, which means that patients will need to adjust to a number of new things after their procedure. The team at our bariatric surgery center is here for you after your procedure, and we will be more than happy to give you advice about diet and exercise. Right now, we'd like to take a moment to consider the kinds of exercises that may be helpful after a person undergoes weight loss surgery.

Is exercise necessary for weight loss after gastric sleeve?

Yes. While patients will lose considerable weight thanks to the reduced hunger and the altered stomach size, exercise will be crucial for patients in that it will help them lose more of their excess weight with time. Diet alone can't do it all, so patients are encouraged to exercise in order to achieve a more ideal BMI.

Regular Exercise Is About More Than Just Weight Loss

In addition to improving overall weight loss after bariatric surgery, exercise will also improve general health for a patient. Improved cardiovascular health will lower your blood pressure and prevent stroke and heart disease.

In the long run, exercise will help maintain a more ideal weight for patients. Patients will regain some of the weight they lost after surgery after a few years, so the exercise is a kind of balancing method for maintaining a healthy BMI.

Easing Into Physical Activity After Your Weight Loss Surgery

Never jump into exercise after your surgery has been performed. Healing takes time, so it's important that you ease into exercise at your own pace. Be careful about pushing yourself too hard, and be sure to consult us or your physician before you incorporate any new exercises into your routine.

Low-Impact Exercise for the First Month

During that first month after gastric sleeve surgery, the following low-impact exercises are recommended:

  • Walking
  • Arm rotations
  • Shoulder rotations
  • Seated leg lifts

Some Cardio to Consider After a Month of Recovery

As you recover from bariatric surgery, you will be able to engage in more kinds of exercises. This is a good time to begin some low-impact cardio. Some recommended exercises include:

  • Swimming
  • Water aerobics
  • Cycling

Strength Training for Four Months After Surgery

As you continue to recover and are able to engage in more and more normal activities, it's important to consider building your core strength and overall wellness. Some recommended exercises for this include:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Lunges
  • Squats

Is gastric sleeve surgery right for me?

We believe that gastric sleeve surgery may be the right option for you and your needs. Indeed, gastric sleeve surgery offers benefits over gastric bypass and gastric banding surgery, though those other surgeries may be ideal given your weight loss goals. We'll be sure to go over all of these matters with you in greater detail during your visit to the practice.

Learn More About Life After Bariatric Surgery

If you would like to learn more about all of your options for bariatric surgery and what you can do for effective aftercare, be sure to contact our Tijuana weight loss surgery center today. During your consultation with our team, you will be able to learn much more about what to expect after you undergo gastric sleeve surgery.

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